Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship Programme 2017 – Switzerland (175’000 CHF Grant)

Application Deadline: March 31st 2017

The Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarship programme promotes the development of products or methods which are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of poor people in developing or transition countries. It awards two doctoral fellowships per year and promotes projects which are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of poor people in developing countries. The grant sum is 175’000 CHF to cover the salary costs of the doctoral student for three years.

The programme is funded through the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development since 2008.


To be admitted to the selection process, the application has to fulfil the following requirements:
The candidate

  • The entrance requirements for doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich and at the particular department must be fulfilled
  • Experience in the selected research area is required.
  • Preference will be given to citizens of least developed countries and other low-income countries according to the OECD classification.
    The supervisor
  • The supervisor confirms his/her commitment to the project by a letter of support, indicating his/her contribution to the project in cash or kind.
  • If the concept note is selected for elaboration into a full proposal, the supervisor invites the candidate for a lab visit and an interview with the selection committee at the expense of his/her chair. This does not apply to candidates who know the supervisor already.

Application procedure
The application procedure consists of the two following steps:

First step
The candidate submits a concept note (details see below) to ETH Global (Patricia Heuberger, The deadline for submitting concept notes is 31 March. Only concept notes fulfilling all indicated requirements will be taken into consideration and evaluated by the selection committee with regard to their suitability for the E4D Scholarship.

Second step
Candidates whose concept note is accepted by the selection committee elaborate a full proposal together with the professor who agreed to supervise the project. If the candidate and the professor do not know each other, they must set up a meeting to discuss the full proposal elaboration. This meeting is either a face-to-face meeting or a skype meeting.
The proposal is submitted to ETH Global by the supervising ETH professor. The deadline is 31 August.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Engineering for Development (E4D) Soctoral Scholarship Programme 2017


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